On-loan Udinese striker Steve Leo Beleck scored a hat-trick as Watford beat Stevenage in today's friendly

Steve Leo Beleck grabbed a hat-trick at London Colney today. Picture: Holly Cant

Steve Leo Beleck grabbed a hat-trick at London Colney today. Picture: Holly Cant

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Steve Leo Beleck scored a hat-trick as a Watford XI beat Stevenage 4-3 in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

The Hornets named a strong side which included six summer signings and regulars from last season, such as Sean Murray and Carl Dickinson.

Stevenage had former Watford goalkeeper Chris Day in between the sticks but the veteran was unable to save Cristian Battocchio's strike, following build-up play by Dickinson, Alex Geijo and Beleck.

A goal soon after meant it was 2-0 to the Hornets heading into the break. A Murray half-volley was directly goalwards by Beleck.

Goals from a trialist and former Harrow Borough star Robin Shroot levelled the score just after the hour mark.

There were still more goals to come though. Substitute Almen Abdi created Beleck's second as the on-loan striker coolly beat Day.

Stevenage's trialist netted his second to level but Beleck secured his hat-trick and the winner following good work down the left by Anya.

Watford: Bonham; Thompson, Neuton, Dickinson; Bia (Smith HT), Battocchio (Abdi HT), McGinn, (Mensah 60), Murray, Fanchone (Anya HT); Geijo (Buaben HT), Beleck.

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5:15pm Tue 11 Dec 12

MINTYHORNET says...

Sell done Steve beleck i hope he makes the bench Saturday.
Sell done Steve beleck i hope he makes the bench Saturday. MINTYHORNET
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5:16pm Tue 11 Dec 12

miked2006 says...

Only 3?? Send him home!
Only 3?? Send him home! miked2006
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5:32pm Tue 11 Dec 12

francowatford says...

Give him a run out as he is a different striker to TD and mj.
Give him a run out as he is a different striker to TD and mj. francowatford
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5:38pm Tue 11 Dec 12

WessexLad says...

4 for is no more than we might expect. But 3 against? Shades of when we last played Dickinson in the back three! And where's Nosworthy? I thought he was in contention again.
4 for is no more than we might expect. But 3 against? Shades of when we last played Dickinson in the back three! And where's Nosworthy? I thought he was in contention again. WessexLad
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7:02pm Tue 11 Dec 12

AndyHandShandy says...

Sorry to tell you franco,but the great mj died a while back! Cant remember him playing for us either! Shamone!!
Also, thanks wobby, i forgot Beleck was on loan,so the headline helped jog my memory. Maybe, wfc stadium announcer should follow the wobbys lead when reading out the team by stating who the players are on loan from or who they used to play for.
Sorry to tell you franco,but the great mj died a while back! Cant remember him playing for us either! Shamone!! Also, thanks wobby, i forgot Beleck was on loan,so the headline helped jog my memory. Maybe, wfc stadium announcer should follow the wobbys lead when reading out the team by stating who the players are on loan from or who they used to play for. AndyHandShandy
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8:41pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Hampshire hornet says...

Sign the trialist.. He scored two against us..
Sign the trialist.. He scored two against us.. Hampshire hornet
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8:48pm Tue 11 Dec 12

lutondown says...

AndyHandShandy wrote:
Sorry to tell you franco,but the great mj died a while back! Cant remember him playing for us either! Shamone!!
Also, thanks wobby, i forgot Beleck was on loan,so the headline helped jog my memory. Maybe, wfc stadium announcer should follow the wobbys lead when reading out the team by stating who the players are on loan from or who they used to play for.
I think the WO are loan sharks
[quote][p][bold]AndyHandShandy[/bold] wrote: Sorry to tell you franco,but the great mj died a while back! Cant remember him playing for us either! Shamone!! Also, thanks wobby, i forgot Beleck was on loan,so the headline helped jog my memory. Maybe, wfc stadium announcer should follow the wobbys lead when reading out the team by stating who the players are on loan from or who they used to play for.[/p][/quote]I think the WO are loan sharks lutondown
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8:49pm Tue 11 Dec 12

lutondown says...

Hampshire hornet wrote:
Sign the trialist.. He scored two against us..
I blame Pozzo for the poor defending.
That's my opinionated opinion
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: Sign the trialist.. He scored two against us..[/p][/quote]I blame Pozzo for the poor defending. That's my opinionated opinion lutondown
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9:35pm Tue 11 Dec 12

francowatford says...

AndyHandShandy wrote:
Sorry to tell you franco,but the great mj died a while back! Cant remember him playing for us either! Shamone!!
Also, thanks wobby, i forgot Beleck was on loan,so the headline helped jog my memory. Maybe, wfc stadium announcer should follow the wobbys lead when reading out the team by stating who the players are on loan from or who they used to play for.
Mj -MV heeeeeheee lol
[quote][p][bold]AndyHandShandy[/bold] wrote: Sorry to tell you franco,but the great mj died a while back! Cant remember him playing for us either! Shamone!! Also, thanks wobby, i forgot Beleck was on loan,so the headline helped jog my memory. Maybe, wfc stadium announcer should follow the wobbys lead when reading out the team by stating who the players are on loan from or who they used to play for.[/p][/quote]Mj -MV heeeeeheee lol francowatford
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12:36am Wed 12 Dec 12

Mosmanhornet says...

I agree with AndyHS - I find the Wobby's constant highlighting of those players who are on loan distinctly irritating and unnecessary. I don't recall the likes of Ben Foster, Tom Cleverley, Lansbury etc being constantly referred to in this way in seasons past, and nor do opposition's loanees nowadays (and let's face it, most clubs in this division have a few). Is this a subtle "anti-Pozzo" agenda? As far as I'm concerned, all the players are Watford players while they are with us, so let's just ditch the "on-loan" moniker from here on in, please Wobby!
I agree with AndyHS - I find the Wobby's constant highlighting of those players who are on loan distinctly irritating and unnecessary. I don't recall the likes of Ben Foster, Tom Cleverley, Lansbury etc being constantly referred to in this way in seasons past, and nor do opposition's loanees nowadays (and let's face it, most clubs in this division have a few). Is this a subtle "anti-Pozzo" agenda? As far as I'm concerned, all the players are Watford players while they are with us, so let's just ditch the "on-loan" moniker from here on in, please Wobby! Mosmanhornet
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8:34am Wed 12 Dec 12

mooneysmagic says...

francowatford wrote:
Give him a run out as he is a different striker to TD and mj.
Why would you want to drop Troy when he is currently scoring in every game?W
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: Give him a run out as he is a different striker to TD and mj.[/p][/quote]Why would you want to drop Troy when he is currently scoring in every game?W mooneysmagic
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9:23am Wed 12 Dec 12

francowatford says...

mooneysmagic wrote:
francowatford wrote:
Give him a run out as he is a different striker to TD and mj.
Why would you want to drop Troy when he is currently scoring in every game?W
Rotation see how the first 45 mins go.
[quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: Give him a run out as he is a different striker to TD and mj.[/p][/quote]Why would you want to drop Troy when he is currently scoring in every game?W[/p][/quote]Rotation see how the first 45 mins go. francowatford
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